Excerpt: The Need For Speed series has suffered from a severe identity crisis in recent years, a problem that EA and Criterion seemed to have solved with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit in 2010, one of my personal favourites of the franchise.
Excerpt: Need For Speed Rivals challenges your reaction times, satisfies exploration desires, and increases thrill tolerances in an amazing open-world racing game, the twentieth in the series from Electronic Arts.
Pros: deep customization, amazing 1080p graphics, immediate availability of entire map/several cars, freedom/exploration elements of open world gameplay, exciting thrills with risk-versus-reward stakes, single/multiplayer integration, weather changes, cop/racer switching abilities
Cons: Lose SP points when host leaves and ends game session, odd AI behavior, no true pause in the gameplay when hitting the share button on PS4 controller
Conclusion: This means that if you already have a PS4, then you’ll probably buy it on that system anyways. For those of you that have a PS3, plan getting a PS4 in the future, and aren’t sure if you should wait or not, the answer is that if you care about graphics, then wait.
Excerpt: Good and evil is always a pleasant dichotomy to work with, especially in games where such choices are a primary gameplay mechanic. While Need for Speed Rivals doesn't feature the depth and complexity of narrative-driven games like inFamous or Mass Effect , the good/evil dynamic is a well-realized...
Excerpt: series has been a constant on consoles for almost 20 years, and while there have been many ups and downs for the series, it has always drawn interest from racing fans. The series has also seen its fair share of developers, from EA Canada, Slightly Mad Studios, Criterion, and now Ghost Games.
Conclusion: Concept: Ghost Games’ first Need for Speed title successfully melds single- and multiplayer to create a racing experience unlike any other
Graphics: Drop dead gorgeous. Racing at breakneck speeds with a storm of leaves zipping past your car and police lights blurring on the road is a welcome visual...
Summary: I was doing well. After chasing a ‘Vette for several miles, sirens blaring atop my police-liveried Merc C63 AMG Black Series, I was finally closing the gap between us. But then, as I crested a hill – on the right side of the road may I add – I was involved in a head-on collision with another cop car...
Conclusion: Rivals serves as a refinement of ideas and principles established over the last three iterations of Need for Speed. This can lead to a feeling of sameness bleeding over Rival’s rough edges while also serving as a condensed interpretation of the series' better ideas.